AIA 2010 Small Project Awards

Tonic Design of Raleigh, N.C., designed "Art as Shelter" to offer visitors to the North Carolina Museum of Art Park a sheltered place to sit and reflect on the nearby sculpture park and public greenway.

Wesleyan University's North Studio's SplitFrame wildlife viewing structure, sited in a publicly accessible wildlife sanctuary, was designed with two integral pieces: a floating observation deck and an elevated viewing station, connected to each other by a hinged staircase.

Designed as a structure and space composed entirely of holes, PLY Architecture's Shadow Pavilion is made from more than 100 laser-cut aluminum cones of various sizes that funnel light and sound to its interior space, offering visitors a unique experience of the surrounding landscape.

mark ryan studio's plug-in satellite office is designed to expand and contract according to the user's needs and plug-in as needed around the studio's perimeter. When not in use, the steel tube–framed structure collapses to a 7-foot-by-14-foot enclosure, and when fully deployed it expands to 14 square feet and accommodates up to four people.

Designed to orient visitors to the city of New Orleans and to the Prospect.1, a biennial of contemporary art, Eskew Dumez Ripple's shipping container-inspired welcome center was constructed entirely of plywood in just six weeks at a total cost of $25,000.

Slade Architecture's Puptent, created for the Design Trust for Public Spaces Annual Auction, was designed as a modern, indoor dog lounge and was constructed from water-jet-cut plywood laminated into a cone.

Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture created a solution for this small live/work studio—measuring just under 500 square feet—that combines kitchen, bathroom, sleeping loft, and a walk-in closet into an intricately sculpted wood-paneled central service core. The remaining flexible area offers lounge and work space.

Serving the cooks, janitors, and maids working in an historic downtown hotel, this small canteen designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects was carved out of an underground maze of previously surplus spaces to provide a useful and attractive spot for employees.

Two opposing shed trusses—each with a low and a high part—make up the two halves of this 50-foot-span bridge, designed by Intrinsik Architecture, its two wood halves joined by an orange powder-coated steel moment frame. Seating is incorporated into the bridge, offering a dynamic shelter to contemplate the structure, as well as the surrounding scenery.

Griffin Enright Architects' 600-square-foot portable project was designed to accommodate multiple functions. It has operated as a cafe and as a bar/lounge, both offering wireless Internet access, without its configuration being altered.

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